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Here in the lovely US of A we celebrate our independence with picnics and fireworks but not with PMC Networking Lunches. With the 4th of July falling on the first Thursday this month, we will not be hosting our regular networking lunches. Join us on the first Thursday next month - August 1 - when we will resume our popular networking lunches. Get out of the office and socialize with other local PMs.  No formal presentations or registration fees. Just a casual group meeting for a Thursday lunch.

PMC August Networking Lunch : Westside
Thursday, August 1 ,2013 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
FareStart Restaurant, Seattle -
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PMC August Networking Lunch : Eastside
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Pogacha, Bellevue -
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There’s no question that “social” is a hot trend in the enterprise. But, what’s the business value, especially for product development? Product development is a complex, mission-critical function of organizations and it demands greater collaboration with everyone involved, beyond the engineering team. Join executives from Jama Software and our guest Forrester Research as they share research, strategies and real-world examples on how enterprise social technologies are reinventing product development and delivery processes to meet business needs.
Topics covered:Measuring the business value and viability of social technologies
Gaining real efficiencies through faster decision making
Structured collaboration and communication in complex products
The power of context, understanding the “why” is as important as the “what” and the “how”
Who should attend: CIOs, VPs, IT directors, product development leaders

What: Mapping the Value of Social Business and Collaboration to Product Delivery
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern 
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So here's a question for you: What is a product manager? The
overall responsibility of a product manager is to integrate the
various segments of a business into a  strategically focused whole, maximizing the value of a product by coordinating the production of an offering with an understanding of market needs. Ouch! It sure seems like you need a handbook to get all of this right...

Title: The Product Manager's Handbook 4/E
      (Click here to see book:

Author: Linda Gorchels

* Why You Should Care:

A product manager must oversee all aspects of a product or service
line in order to create and deliver superior customer satisfaction
while simultaneously providing long-term value for the company.

The Product Manager's Handbook is the essential guide to
successful product management in today's fast-changing business
world. Product and brand managers, as well as upper-level sales,
marketing, and  branding executives, will find the text thorough
and informative as it explains and analyzes the product manager's
role in both traditional, hierarchical organizations as well as in
newer horizontal, team-driven decision-making structures.

This edition fully integrates the Internet and other digital
technologies into the product manager's arsenal of tools. The book
includes all new information on what it takes to be a successful
product manager. It explains the product manager's role in the
planning process (including strategic and operational planning),
how to evaluate product portfolios, how to propose and develop
successful new products, and more.

* How Will Reading It Make You A Better Product Manager?:

This book gives a good introduction into the roles and
responsibilities of a product manager. It makes no assumptions of
any prior knowledge or experiences. For each chapter, it provides
worksheets or process flow charts. In addition, case studies of
actual events are presented.

This book is probably the best overall guide for Product Managers I
have seen.  It is very broad in places because it tries to remain
as applicable to Product Managers of all kinds of products, from
shampoo to  TVs to computer software.  The concepts of Product
Management are the same, regardless of industry, but the reader
needs to be capable of translating broad concepts into something
applicable to their own setting.

Click Here To See Book On Amazon:

- Dr. Jim Anderson
  Blue Elephant Consulting
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I kind of liked the closing comments...but not sure how many CEOs will be willing to give it a try....a day or at max a week is what might be given.....but such things are essential if we have to drive strategic items in the platform...

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*Product Management Jobs - 24th July 2012*

Jobs (25) Senior Product Manager MuleSoft Inc - San Francisco Bay Area

 Senior Product Manager, - US - California - San Francisco (HQ)

 Lead Product Manager Optimizely - San Francisco Product Manager - San Mateo, California

 Senior Product Manager - Healthcare CareinSync Corporation - Santa Clara

 Product Manager - Mobile Opower - San Francisco, CA

 Product Manager - San Jose, CA

 Senior Product Manager - Platform and Asset Management Ooyala - Mountain View,California

 Senior Product Manager BrightRoll - San Francisco, CA or Palo Alto, CA

 Product Manager Zinio LLC - SF Financial District, near all major transportation:BART, Ferry, Buses & amenities

 Senior Product Manager Wildfire Interactive, Inc. - Redwood City, CA

 Mobile Security Product Manager Cloudmark - San Francisco Bay Area

 Product Manager ZigAir - San Francisco Bay Area

 Product Manager Knoodle - Menlo Park

 Product Marketing and Demand Generation Manager: Web, Fleet-GPS and Mobile Apps Danlaw Inc - San Francisco Bay Area

 Product Manager RetailNext - San Francisco Bay Area

 Product Manager: Web, Fleet-GPS and Mobile Apps Danlaw Inc - San Francisco Bay Area

 Senior Product Manager Multinacional Lider en su sector - Madrid

 Payments Product Manager Untitled Startup - Tribeca

 Product Manager sumHR - Mumbai

 Senior Product Marketing Manager ServiceMesh - Austin, Texas Area

 UK Product Manager Yammer, Inc. - United Kingdom

 Senior Product Manager, Technology Products Altisource™ - Greater Atlanta Area

 Senior Manager, Product Management Everfi - Georgetown

 Senior Manager Product Management Altisource - near Electronics City

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Be the CEO of your Product but don’t Forget your Board of Directors #prodmgmt

I want to take a minute to talk about an issue I have with the “be the CEO of your product” statement.

Before I start, I highly encourage you to read Saeed Khan’s post, Product Management Metrics – Be the CEO of your product. This is an excellent presentation that covers a considerable amount of ground when it comes to operating as a product manager. Make sure to digest the product lifecycle slides and the objectives at the different phases.

Now, back to my concern.

The main issues I have with the “be the CEO of your product” statement is the fear that product managers will interpret this as, “I decide all things product”. This may be the case, but I would argue it is the exception vs. the rule.

Just like a CEO has to answer to a board of directors, product managers are not alone when it comes to making business decisions. Sales, marketing, support, finance, and other internal organizations are all part of the business and one way or another, will have an impact on your product and potentially, your career.

At larger companies, if you are the director or GM of your business unit, you may have a wide degree of control when it comes to product planning. Quarterly reports on roadmaps and launch plans may be all that are required to keep everyone in the loop.

At smaller companies, your “board of directors” may be your CEO and VP of Engineering that require monthly or even weekly reviews of your plans and releases.

The point is to recognize that every organization is going to have a different structure and like it or not, you are going to have to figure this out or risk losing support for your product (and career).

At an organization I worked at, we had reviewed our product plans with the major regions and received the go-ahead approval. Last minute, a junior finance lead from the Asia region almost torpedoed our product by raising red flags on our cost structure not being competitive. We had missed a financial review with the teamso the accurate data did not get shared to all of the teams. Thankfully, we were able to save the product by providing the missing information and suffering through several fire drill executive reviews.

Product managers need to get buy-in and support before plans can be finalized. Finding out who’s on your boards of directors ahead of time will make sure that everyone is aligned when it comes to making product plans.


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